The County Government Water Department has been supplying water to schools in Kerio as part of drought mitigation measures currently being experienced in the County, Deputy Governor Peter Lotethiro has said.
Deputy Governor who is also the Acting CEC for Water Services, Environment and Mineral Resources said that Kerio was the most Water trucked area in Turkana in the post Devolution era since boreholes that had been dug in the area had recorded a high salinity level that was unfit for human consumption.
He expressed optimism that the Nakurio water supply project currently being equipped by World Vision under the TCG-UNICEF/KOICA partnership on Water projects in Turkana Central would provide a permanent solution to the situation due to its high yield of fresh water.
While inspecting the ongoing water trucking at Nakurio Girls’ and Kerio Boys’ the DG said that the County Government had prioritized learning institutions in the County and residents of water stressed areas as part of deliberate drought mitigation plans.
The Deputy Governor witnesssd as the schools received two trucks of water, with the visit coming after reports emerged that the learners were facing acute water shortages that affected their studies.
He affirmed the commitment of the Government in ensuring access to portable water to the learners and area residents going forward.
DG Lotethiro added that prior efforts of the County Government and development partners had also been affected by recurrent floods that repeatedly destroyed water supply infrastructure in the area and drained away the investments of the County Government and it’s partners.
Chief Officer for Water Services Moses Natome termed as misleading reports by a section of the media that the County had not initiated intervention to alleviate the water scarcity. He explained that the current water trucking interventions by National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) was being supported by Water department through waiver of water levies charged by LOWASCO.
Chief Natome reiterated that the misleading media reports had not highlighted the salinity challenges and problems posed by recurrent floodings that had destroyed a huge part of the existing water supply infrastructure.
Chief Natome revealed that the County had completed survey and design works of the areas’ water project and expressed hope that Kerio will be connected through an eleven Kilometres piping scheme from the Lokoda borehole.
The DG was accompanied by Tito Ochieng’ (Director Water Services), Kenneth Omondi (Turkana Central Sub County Water) and Faith Ekuwom (Principal Administrator)